Friday, February 2, 2018

Great People! Great Food!

Some dishes are timeless and we have been fortunate to have fabulous friends share fabulous recipes with us over the years. Some classic, some healthful and a couple for those days when it just feels so good to be bad. Hope and I decided to revive the original recipes. The very first day one of our customers was delighted to have Gail Miller’s Coleslaw back in the case! When she referred to it as one of our ‘signature salads” Hope and I knew that term would stick.
Here’s a little heritage on our Signature Salads~


Gail Miller retired from our store some years ago but now her Coleslaw recipe is back! Shredded cabbage, pineapple and her blend of sweet and savory dressing! She was such a fast worker that when Jaime Guzman managed our Deli he called her ’Smoke’!
Every time we would have a employee potluck Nancy Madigan would bring Chicken Ramen Salad, maybe because I ALWAYS requested it :). One of my personal favorites, but so was Nancy. This woman was loved by all that knew her and will be forever missed. Her salad is crunchy, salty, just enough sweetness to balance it all. Just like a lot of my favorite people
Our Seafood Salad was created in the Meat Department and the Deli stole it fair and square. Seafood, dill, a touch of lemon to bring out the freshness and when only the best will do, we only make it with Best Foods Mayo.
Stephanie Riegert worked in our Deli for many years and came up with a wonderful Chicken Caesar that is just as delish hot as it is cold. Pasta, fresh spinach, rotisserie chicken and parm make up this classic.
Caterer Debbie Lucero gave me her recipes for Broccoli Salad and Rice a Roni Salad. Fresh chopped broccoli, cranberries, onion, and sunflower seeds, make her Broccoli Salad crisp and AMAzing! When I found out Debbie knew the recipe for the Rice a Roni Salad I was thrown back to the days of Nancy Madigan and I going to Jeffery Esparza’s uptown coffee shop, we would order it with a piece of her quiche. The rice combined with green olives and artichokes make a rich and satisfying dish.
Of course no Deli would be complete without Spinach Dip. Made here practically every day, since before I got here almost 25 years ago!

Thank you all for the memories, the friendship and for sharing your recipes that bring it all back to me with every taste!
Give our Signature Salads a try, we hope they can be a part of your special memories!

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